Donald Voet, beloved father of Wendy and Doug Voet, and adoring husband of Judy Voet died on April 11, 2023 at the age of 84. Don was a scientist, an adventurer, an avid photographer, and a devoted, generous family man, deeply loved by his wife of 58 years, children, son in law (Lex), daughter in law (Sue) grandchildren (Maya, Lizzie, Leo and Cora), brother (Martin), sisters (Loesje and Marion), sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends from the US, Israel and the Netherlands and other places further afield. Nothing brought him greater joy than being with family and friends near and far, listening to their stories and reminiscing about past misdeeds and practical jokes. There is nothing he wouldn’t have done for his family. There was also no scuba diving trip he would turn down (even if it meant swimming with sharks or running low on oxygen). He loved swimming, hiking and skiing and all things outdoors. He summited Mount Ranier and Mount Whitney as well as hiked the Everest Base Camp trail and numerous trails in the Rockies, White Mountains and Sierras. He traveled to more countries than one can count, spanning across all 7 continents (yes, he even visited Antarctica). As a true Dutchman, he loved to eat chocolate, cheese, and cookies (also anything with Hollandaise sauce on it). Professionally, he was a well-known crystallographer (graduating from California Institute of Technology and then getting his PhD. at Harvard University). He was co-author of the Voet and Voet Biochemistry textbook, used worldwide, and taught and conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania within the Chemistry Department for many years.
Donald lived life to its absolute fullest and modeled what it means to live a good life. He will be deeply, deeply missed.
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